How to upload HD photos and videos on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2015

One of the more annoying things about Facebook has got to be the diminished quality of photos and videos you upload to the service, be it via iOS’s Facebook integration integration or through the official mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, a free download in the App Store.

For whatever reason, Facebook’s mobile app defaults to low-resolution photo and video uploads, likely in an effort to minimize bandwidth usage in this digital age of capped cellular data.

Fortunately, there is an easy yet not immediately obvious way to configure Facebook for iPhone and iPad to record and upload videos and photos in glorious high-definition. Read More


iMovie for iOS updated with 4K video editing on iPhone 6s and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

At its ‘Hey Siri’ media event last week, Apple demonstrated how the all-new ‘A9’ microchip ticking inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has enough oomph to edit 4K video by showing off native 4K video editing on both new iPhones and the iPad Pro with iMovie.

Today, iMovie for iOS receives a timely refresh in the App Store to bring this feature to the latest devices along with more than a dozen other enhancements for older iDevices. Read More


How to migrate your data from Android to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

Apple just released its Move to iOS app for Android. This is an app that you can download from the Google Play store that will make it easier for Android users to migrate to iOS.

During the initial iOS 9 setup, users are given the option of how they want to proceed with setup, and migrating from Android is one of those options. If a user selects Move Data from Android, they will then be pointed to the Move to iOS app on their Android device for easy migration.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the full migration process, which involves pairing the two devices together in order to transfer Android user data to your iOS device. Read More


How to search within third-party apps using Spotlight on iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

One of the biggest new features found in iOS 9 is the adoption of universal search. Universal search is a new feature that allows you to search for content within apps directly from Spotlight search.

On previous versions of iOS, searching was limited to the web and first party Apple apps pre-installed on iOS. For example, with older version of iOS you could search for contents within the Notes app, but couldn’t do so for third-party note apps.

With iOS 9’s new Spotlight search abilities, you can now search and discover content buried deep within the apps on your iPhone. It makes Spotlight feel truly useful and brand new. Read More


How to use third-party complications in watchOS 2

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

Although watchOS 2 and iOS 9 won’t be available for another few hours, several apps that include new watchOS 2 functionality have already been approved for distribution on the App Store. One such app is Star Walk 2, the sequel to the groundbreaking astronomy app for iOS.

StarWalk 2’s iOS 9 and watchOS 2 update includes support for in-app Spotlight searches on iOS, Slide Over and Split View on the iPad,  and more. But in this post, we want to concentrate on one thing in particular—third-party Apple Watch complications. How do third-party complications work, and how do you use them? Take a look at our video walkthrough. Read More


Tim Cook to appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert next week

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook will appear on the new “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” next week. Colbert made the announcement himself via Twitter, posting a picture of him using an Apple Watch asking Siri to add Cook to his calendar.

For those unfamiliar with the program, the Late Show is a primetime talk show that began in the early 90’s with host David Letterman. In May, Letterman retired, and popular TV personality Stephen Colbert took his place this month.  Read More


Volkswagen posts new ad highlighting late model CarPlay support

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2015

Volkswagen on Thursday posted a new commercial to its US YouTube channel entitled “Volkswagen App-Connect saves a bromance,” which highlights support for connect apps and Apple’s CarPlay platform in its late model vehicles.

The clip features Adam Scott, from Parks and Recreation fame, and prolific big-screen star Michael Pena. The two are shown in a vehicle using Siri and other CarPlay features as they work through way through a humorous argument. Read More


Apple posts ‘Hey Siri’ downloadable video to iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

If you want to relive new iPhone, iPad and Apple TV announcements and watch Apple’s keynote presentation in the comfort of your home, on your own time and without streaming, now you can as the full event video has surfaced as a downloadable high-definition video podcast on iTunes.

“See Apple CEO Tim Cook and team introduce iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus, the all-new Apple TV with tvOS, iPad Pro, WatchOS 2 and iOS 9,” reads the description. The presentation runs two hours and twenty minutes long so block out about three hours of your time this weekend and enjoy it in its entirety. Read More


Periscope for iPhone refreshed with landscape video and more ahead of Apple TV app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2015

Twitter-owned Periscope is secretly building an app for the new Apple TV and now the company has issued a telling update to its iPhone application in the App Store. The biggest newsworthy addition in Periscope 1.2 is landscape mode for shooting video.

Ever since its debut, Periscope has only supported portrait video. Video streams in portrait orientation look good on smartphones, but no so much on widescreen television sets so today’s update could be viewed as a prelude to Periscope’s rumored Apple TV app. Read More


Hands on with the iPhone 6s, new Apple TV and iPad Pro

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

By now you probably feel like you know everything there is to know about Apple’s new iPhone, Apple TV and iPad Pro, but thus far, you’ve only seen the devices from either afar or in marketing materials. Sure, all products look good in staged or rendered settings, but what are they like in real life?

Following today’s event, Apple gave a select group of journalists the chance to spend some hands on time with the aforementioned iPhone, set-top box and iPad, in an effort to garner some initial feedback. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of these first impressions in a single, digestible post. Read More


A replay stream of today’s event is now available on Apple’s website

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

If you didn’t follow a live-stream of Apple’s keynote presentation this morning, you can now enjoy the event anyway as Apple has just posted the full replay stream of the event on its website. The press conference was packed with several announcements, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, the new Apple TV and more. Read More


Watch Apple’s sleek promotional videos for everything it announced today

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

In addition to refreshing product webpages on its website with detailed information about the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, the new Apple TV and more, a batch of promotional clips providing an even closer look at the new products have surfaced on Apple’s YouTube channel.

We’ve embedded all of them for your pleasure so give these videos a watch and join us for the discussion in the comment section. Read More


Keek: the best way to view apps in Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

There are several jailbreak tweaks that allow you to view apps in Control Center, CCMore being the latest, but none of them are as good or as well implemented as this tweak.

Keek is a jailbreak tweak that lets you quickly open your most recently viewed apps in Control Center. You can then go back to Control Center, close the app, or launch the app in full screen view. Watch our video walkthrough to see Keek in action. Read More


Review: WALTR for Mac converts & transfers any video to iPhone and iPad, no iTunes required

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2015

Getting DivX and MKV movies, FLAC audio files or audiobooks onto your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is an incredibly cumbersome multi-step procedure, one that involves third-party apps like Handbrake to transcode “foreign” media files into iOS-friendly formats before importing them into iTunes for syncing with your iOS gadgets.

I’ve tried many, many apps which promise to get the job done before deciding to settle on WALTR by young European startup Softorino.

Now, I’m not exaggerating when I say that WALTR is an absolutely incredible piece of software. This nifty program literally takes the pain away from transferring media to iOS devices without worrying about file types.

Its lightning fast algorithm is hands down the best I’ve ever seen, on any platform, ever. I’ve been happily using WALTR for months now and couldn’t be happier with it. And trust me when I say that you should be using WALTR, too, especially if you aren’t jailbroken and want the simplest solution possible for transferring media to your device without going through iTunes. Read More


Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 – a budget Android phone with a unique feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 4, 2015

It’s almost unfair how many great budget smartphones there are that run Android. I think it’s safe to say that there is an embarrassment of riches for Android platform users in the budget phone category.

I’ve already reviewed phones like the Asus ZenFone 2, and the 3rd-generation Moto G—both highly competent phones. Today, I get to go hands-on with a similar phone, as far as price is concerned, in the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 ($249.99 on Amazon). Read More


Crisp drone footage narrated by Steve Jobs offers a detailed look at iSpaceship progress

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

The Apple Campus 2 project, a future 2.8 million square foot home for approximately 12,000 Apple employees, is coming along nicely. The structure, affectionally dubbed the iSpaceship due to its ring-shaped design, was recently filmed from above by Silicon Valley-based videographer Duncan Sinfield who shared his footage with MacRumors.

The high-quality aerial video includes segments of Steve Jobs’ 2011 project pitch to the Cupertino City Council as a voiceover. The video is well worth watching as it gives details on the different buildings Apple is constructing while offering progress comparisons with the previous footage from early August. Read More


Meerkat now supports YES/NO polls, showing photos to watchers and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2015

Meerkat, the popular live video streaming software that competes with Twitter-owned Periscope, today issued a nice little update to its iOS application in the App Store.

With version number bumped to 1.5.4, this edition of Meerkat includes a few enhancements like a revamped feed and the ability to show your watchers photos from your Camera roll.

Perhaps most crucially, Meerkat now includes a polling feature which allows anyone to ask their watchers simple YES/NO questions about anything, as they’re broadcasting. Read More


Apple to live-stream September 9 media event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Those not in attendance will be happy to learn that Apple just confirmed it will provide a live-stream of its upcoming September 9 media event.

Like the company’s major events held in the past two years, the September 9 event should be presented at the micro-site in the blog format, with cherry-picked tweets, juicy photos and quotes updating in real-time right below the video stream.

The iPhone maker sent out invites for the press conference earlier today. Invite graphics sports the colorful Apple logo and a tagline reading “Hey Siri, give us a hint”. Read More


Video of partially assembled iPhone 6s reveals a few previously unknown tidbits

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

A video of a partially assembled ‘iPhone 6s’ is making rounds on the web, revealing previously unknown details about Apple’s next-generation handset which is set for unveiling at a rumored media event on Wednesday, September 9.

According to MacRumors, the authenticity of the components used to kinda assemble the phone couldn’t be verified though the parts appear to resemble previously leaked ones from an iPhone 6s prototype. Read More


10 Safari keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 24, 2015

Safari is definitely the most energy efficient browser available for the Mac, so it’s wise to use it as your browser of choice, especially if you’re on a battery-reliant MacBook. If you’re going to use Safari as your full time browser, then it makes sense to learn some of the more important keyboard shortcuts to supercharge your workflow. In this post, we’ll consider 10 must-have Safari shortcuts to power up your browsing experience. Read More

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